Guru Nanak Jayanti is a special occasion for Sikhs all across India & globe. Prabhat Pheris or the early morning religious procession goes around the localities singing hymns, starting three weeks before the festival. Devotees offer sweets and tea when the procession passes by their houses. The Shri Guru Granth Sahib is read continuously. Local bands play religious music and marching school children form a special part of the procession. Various school students, eminent citizens, Gatka Parties display mock-battle with the traditional weapons, and devotees singing hymns from Shri Guru Granth Sahib in chorus. The passage of the ‘nagarkirtan’ is decorated with flags, flowers; religious posters decorated gates and banners depicting various aspects of Sikhism. On the Gurupurab day, the Divan begins in at about 4 or 5 a.m. with the singing of Asa-di-var and hymns from Shri Guru Granth Sahib. Sometimes it is followed by katha (discourse), religious and Sikh Historical lectures and recitation of poems in praise of the Guru. Kirtan-Darbars and Amrit Sanchar ceremonies are also held in the Gurdwara hall. Men, women, and children, participate in this ‘karseva‘ as a service to the community, cook food and distribute it in the ‘Guru ka Langar‘, with the traditional ‘Karah Prasad‘. But amidst all these activities there is one thing that is missing, the free distribution of sweets to everyone irrespective of religious faith.
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Durga Puja, a magnanimous festival of Hindus is celebrated within the first 9 days of the month of Ashvin. It is starting on September 24 this year having Shashti, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami & Dashami, five days of complete fun & frolic. From scintillating aarti performances, cultural programmes, chanting of mantras, sindur khela & hugging gesture called Kolakuli, everything is eagerly anticipated for the entire year & enjoyed by people from all walks of life.
Everybody has a busy schedule during Durga Puja. People after taking bath gather at the local puja pandals, play dhak, a drum like musical instrument & watch the different rituals performed for the Goddess Durga. By the evening everybody is out to see the artistic puja pandals & creatively ornamented idols of Maa Durga.
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Navratri, the nine nights dedicated to Mother Durga is an embodiment of strength, growth, prosperity and social services & is celebrated with a lot of fervour. Each day has its own special significance and is celebrated separately. Along with the nine forms of Durga, curtsy is paid to the other goddesses as well by observing vrats during worship.
Before the beginning of the festival, houses are painted and cleaned and new idols of deities are installed in the prayer rooms. As this festival falls during the autumn season, the air is pleasant and pious. On this auspicious occasion, BookMyKhana.com wishes you a very enjoyable & exciting Navratri festival. Enhance your Navratri celebration with BookMyKhana.com by ordering online special vegetarian dishes with amazing tastes & flavours. Celebrate the triumph of good over evil & start ordering different varieties of Navratri special cuisines like Kele Ke Kofte, Boondi Ka Raita, Dal Stuffed Puri, Gobhi Ki Sabzi, Singhara Ki Burfi many more, which have special courses and are strictly vegetarian.